In my research of Austin, Texas I found out several interesting facts regarding the demographic makeup of the city. For example, the racial breakdown by race is whites 68%, blacks 8%, Hispanic are at 35% and foreign-born 18% The makeup is obviously different when you compare Austin to the US as a whole, however, it is interesting to see the “total picture”. The following is the breakdown for the US whites 72%, black 12.6%, Hispanic 17%, and foreign-born 13%.
People can not put on the news without seeing at least one story about social inequality or injustice, if everyone knows about these inequities why are they not being solved? Inequities are not limited to America, social inequity is a global problem making it extremely important to raise awareness of the topic. Inequities such as racism and sexism impact teenagers in America, but to counteract this persecution authors can use various genres of literature to promote tolerance and reduce the effects of inequities. Racism and sexism violates people’s rights in schools, the workplace, and almost every place in the world. Through the words of authors, society can learn the harmful effects of these inequities, and learn how
One of the main topics discussed during this political science course is the political and economic inequality that has recently risen to staggering levels in the United States. Although political and economic inequality seem to be some of the most pressing issues we face today, little has been done to close the gap between the middle and upper classes. By looking at how our government and society behaves, one can see why the inequality barrier is such a difficult obstacle to overcome. Politicians may be more focused on staying in the good favor of their party than their people, but they are still elected by the majority. If more citizens took a more proactive approach to politics, social movements would be more successful and more balance would be brought to the political spectrum; however, money, powerful officials, and a general lack of interest prevent the government from maintaining a system that benefits everyone equally.
Social inequality exists in the United States through the Elite’s power to maintain their dominance in the United States capitalist system. The Elite Ruling class is made of the upper class and this class of individuals share similar ideology and are the members of the United State’s Superstructure. The Elite Ruling Class members of society are the decision and policy makers in the United States. Research and history has proven that many policies and decisions made by the Elite Ruling Class serve their own interest and promote their ideas. These decisions are the source of the inequality in the United States and it contributes to their ability to maintain their dominant status. The inequality is trickled down to the other classes through social policy and social institutions that affect our lives everyday citizens. A major example of this social inequality can be seen in the United States housing market or home ownership. A significant amount of studies, statics and data supports the evidence of social inequality within the US housing market or home ownership. The following passages will discuss social inequality in the United States as it is connected to Karl Marx’s theory of capitalism’s power and influence of the Elite Dominant i.e. the Ruling Class view as it relates to homeownership within the United States. Karl Marx’s theory however focuses mostly on economic s and the difference between upper and lower class not race. It is also important to point out that the Elite
Right now the most important issue in America is the election inequality and how to narrow the gap between rich and poor. I think another issue is supporting small businesses. People fall to realize what that does for the economy these big companies do nothing but poor money into other countries. When we should be supporting our own. Big companies only care about the profit and the bottom line. No one actually cares about the people. The candidates seem like they wore picked from cereal box. Hilary Clinton lacks authenticity and Donald trump exudes racism and adding strain to inequality. The country already feels divided and the election makes it worse.
It would be within reason to assume that when it comes to jobs the most qualified individual should get the position. However, the sad truth is that in today’s society this is not always the case. We would like to think that this nation is beyond racial barriers, glass ceilings, and students left behind, but the truth is we are not. Inequalities like these are some of the main reasons America has such a large wealth gap, and has become stagnant when it comes to upward mobility. We know that inequality of opportunity is largely at fault when it comes to individual gains in upward mobility yet it continues to happen. What is upward mobility and why do we care? Upward mobility is defined as “rising from a lower to a higher social class or status”
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Within a week of the civil rights leader’s death, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the second Civil Rights Act, ensuring fair housing for any ethnicity. The decade of the 1960s sought to curb racial prejudice, including both de facto and de jure segregation. However, despite much progress in this area, the ghosts of 1960’s inequality still linger throughout our nation. In the past 50 years, economic, educational, and law enforcement barriers have only worsened racial inequality.
Enrolling in this class, I was extremely aware of the majority of the social stratification classifications
While America continues to battle racial inequality, the education gap in our country continues to spike. The most influential growth has been the importance of education over the years. A high school diploma will not allow an individual to climb the ladder of success without attaining a Bachelor’s degree or some form of proper education. Education in America is considered to be valuable and an important dimension of one’s life. Researchers state that there is a definite link between the individual’s zip code and their chances of success (Ireland, 2016). Individuals are often ranked based on the kind of degree and education one possesses. In America, researchers have stated in order to be “accepted” as a member in a status group it requires certain credentials (Ireland, 2016). Several see education as a key to maintain status and prestige, because individuals believe by attaining an education allows them to advance in society. Researchers then state that attaining a proper education benefits the class structure by
Education still remains the institution that indorses equality of opportunities in America society as the textbook explains. Even though education diminishes inequality among individuals with different backgrounds, inequality still exists in the sense that not everyone who graduates from high school has the same opportunity to attend college. Individuals born into wealthy family will have more opportunities in attending college compared to someone born to a poor family. Although, opportunities are more limited in America, having education will compensate those that do well in school by rewarding them with life opportunities. Social class, race, and gender play a major role for education success, experiences, and outcomes.
Michael Sandel, an esteemed professor of government at Harvard, says, “We live in a time when almost anything can be bought and sold” (42). This quote explains his thinking on an American societal problem; he believes that the society has become intertwined with its market. In “Markets and Morals,” Sandel explains that lower- and middle-class Americans are faced with inequality because they are unable to afford the prices set for higher-end necessities like political influence and safe neighborhoods; he also states that the corrosive nature of a price tag and the lack of morals in political arguments devalue our society. Sande believes that, as a result of the disintegration of differentiation between the American society and market, the
In the world, people are judged on their color, height, the gender they are attracted to, or what someone was born as. People are trying to stop lessen the amount of social inequities in our country, but it is not making as much an impact as it needs to. People are standing up for women's rights, standing up for inequality, and standing up to bullies, yet there is still inequality in the world. As the world starts to advance more, there has to be awareness brought to the topic of social inequality and persecution. Social inequalities are impacting teens in America, authors are starting to make an impact on this problem, and different genres of literature are being used as a tool to communicate with other people in America about the situation.
Social inequality comes in many forms including things such as income, race, gender, and wealth. It is something we can see in everyday life, yet there are some people that don’t seem to think it exists, or it at least isn’t anything that they need to be concerned about because they’re doing just fine. I believe that they are wrong and that inequality affects us all in one way or another. It is something that we need to come to grips with and deal with as a society and is not a problem that can be solved on an individual basis.
Growing up in a diverse community being surrounded with people of different races, sexuality, gender, and socio-economic class has shown me that we all share different experiences. We all go through different events during our lives that add to our experience and shape us to who we become as people. I took a class about social inequalities in the United States, and it helped me realize that many of us are victims of social injustices, whether it is how someone treated because of their race, or being expected to act a certain way because of gender or sexuality, or even recognizing the lack of opportunities because of socio-economic class. Understanding not only my own, but other’s experiences as well is important to me because it has shaped
The United States is infested with street gangs, from rural towns to inner-cities, that perpetuate violence and criminal activity. There are four gangs that have gained nation status--Crips, Bloods, People Nation, and Folk Nation. American’s strain on African Americans and Latinos creates oppression and has led to the creation of these gangs. Minorities are predominantly in the lower class, stratified by inequality in the workplace, schools, and social groups. Vince Staples, a former Crip, details how society created his childhood and forced him into a gang. These gangs are heavily involved with drug and weapons trafficking, their main source of income, and use violence to intimidate and protect their turf and sales.